Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are journalists and co-owners of the activist publication the Phoenix New Times. The pair is known for the decades of crusading for civil rights and protection of free speech as well as being known as advocates for the migrant and immigrant community in the Phoenix region.
Lacey and Larkin, long-standing critics of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, made headlines in 2007 when they were illegally arrested by Arpaio’s department in retaliation for the constant coverage of the scandals that plagued Joe’s tenure as sheriff.
The resulting $3.75 million lawsuit settlement paid to the pair was confirmation of the erroneous nature of the arrest and these funds have gone on to aid Lacey and Larkin in their continued activism.
Front Page Confidential:
Front Page Confidential is the newest journalistic enterprise of Village Voice Media/Phoenix New Times executives Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The website is a journalistic platform for the pair to continue their advocacy of First Amendment Rights.
Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund:
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund came about as a result of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin’s successful lawsuit brought against Maricopa County for their illegal arrest in 2007.
With the $3.75 million awarded in the lawsuit, Lacey and Larkin have vowed to continue to support groups and organizations that advocate for human, civil and migrant rights as well as civic participation and free speech.
Disgust Ensues Upon President Trump’s Pardon of Joe Arpaio:
News of President Donald Trump’s pardoning of infamous former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was met with emotions ranging from dismay to disgust from many who are aware of the scandalous nature of his term in office.
To those who suffered abuse under his regime, it is a slap in the face. The story was covered in a recent article in the Phoenix New Times. The publication that has made great effort to keep the public informed of the many indiscretions of the Arpaio regime over the years.
New Times executives Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have been a constant thorn in Arpaio’s side for years, making sure to out the notorious sheriff for his many crimes against society.
Regarding the recent action on the part of Donald Trump to pardon the disgraced sheriff, Michael Lacey has stated that “This is the perfect marriage of two corrupt individuals…It’s a pretty stunning trail of evil. I don’t know how else you can describe that kind of behavior.”
The article details the extensive list of human, civil and free speech violations that occurred during Arpaio’s time as sheriff and the list is quite astonishing.
From inmates dying under Arpaio’s watch to money embezzlement and sex crimes, the fact that Arpaio will now continue to be a free man is indeed a slap in the face of justice.